We want to make sure that all our policies and actions promote sustainability.
Put simply sustainability is about living successfully in the present without compromising our ability to do so in the future.
Because of what we do, sustainability is important across all parts of our business.
We must continue to decrease the emissions from our operations and our homes as well as adapting to changes in weather and climate.
The south east is an area of ‘water stress’. This means that if we don’t manage our water efficiently, droughts will become more frequent and severe.
Making sure that we buy products, materials and services that do not have a negative impact on the environment.
Making sure we build energy-efficient homes for our customers, and that our offices and community centres are as efficient as possible.
Researching and installing technology that allows us to generate our own energy, either at our offices or in our neighbourhoods.
Giving advice on sustainable travel options to our residents and employees.
Reducing our carbon emissions and meeting national and local targets to prevent further climate change.
Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow (SHIFT)
We achieved Gold in our 2021 SHIFT assessment, which benchmarks our progress in sustainability. We also won the following awards at the 2018 Sustainable Homes SHIFT awards:
- Sustainable Housing Provider of the Year
- Sustainable New Build Project of the Year
- Highly Commended for Resident Engagement Project on Sustainable Living
The SHIFT benchmarking highlighted our performance in:
- actively engaging employees on issues such as energy, waste and transport
- diverting 100% of office waste from landfill
- giving residents advice on energy, food waste and water efficiency
We joined SHIFT in 2008, entering at bronze standard and achieved gold in just four years.